I was thrifting. It hasn’t been quite as fun as I’m not looking for things for the antique booth anymore as I decided to close that chapter in my life. I loved doing it, and may do it again someday, but now I don’t have enough hours in the day. Something had to go and that was an easy thing to let go of. I’m sure you can imagine that now I see things all the time that I would love to buy for the booth.
I’ve told myself that I just need to change up the way I look for things now. I have time and can scour the book shelves or the craft magazines. Before I didn’t have time to really look. Well the first day I made the change, it paid off!
I found an old Country Threads publication, “…at the Lake”. It was one I never bought. At the time, I thought a lot of the projects were beyond my skill level. Well now, I think I’m brave enough to tackle them….and even if I don’t tackle them, it’s a fun “read” for 25 cents. Yep…soft covers are only 25 so I consider this a SCORE!!
There are LOTS of fun projects in the book. I remember when the store was open and this book was new on the shelves there. I so LOVED that star wall hanging in the picture below. Those string pieced units seems so hard. (Bahahahaha…I’ve made so many strings nowadays). I was also so intimidated by the inset seams. Those don’t scare me either. I don’t love them but scared…NO!
With the new found skills, the book took on a whole different dimension. I knew I could make any of the quilts I wanted to and that prompted me to look with fresh eyes…
Applique, yes I can do that…. I do love the red scrappy one on the lower right. I love anything goes quilts.
Nope..these star blocks don’t scare me anymore either.
Regardless of the new skills…it’s the still the same things that draw me in…
THIS….Scrappy and stars. Look at the wall hanging with the scrappy stars.
But look again. It’s in a bigger version on the table….
…and look again. It’s on a bigger version on the bed. Oh my. I love it. With so many sizes to choose from, seriously, which do I tackle first??
I’ve taken the book to bed with me several times already. I love paging through. I love the recognition of the quilter I was and the quilter I am now today. I’m so happy I stuck with quilting and challenged myself to do more. I hope you’re doing that too.
Stop, step back and look. What quilting skill were you afraid of that you can now do? What challenges lie ahead of you? It’s refreshing to look at patterns that once scared me..give it a try yourself. You might be happy with you discover about yourself too.
I can say this…this quilting book entitled “…at the Lake” is likely as close as I’ll be to the lake. I’m not much of a swimming/water girl. I sure am happy to add the book to my stash.